295 ex-PKK members return home under repentance law

A total of 295 people who fled the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist organization have returned home under the active repentance law since January 2005, according to the Anatolia news agency.

295 ex-PKK members return home under repentance law
The ex-PKK members, who escaped from the terrorist organization's hideouts in the mountains of northern Iraq and surrendered to Turkish officials, were reunited with their families without being sentenced to prison terms under Article 221 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), called the "active repentance" law. The article stipulates the release of terrorist organization members who turning themselves in without any punishment, as long as they have not been involved in any armed clashes with security forces or any other terrorist attacks against Turkey.

The ex-PKK also supplied important information as to the organization's activities within and outside Turkey in their testimonies.

C.Ö., who surrendered to Turkish security forces earlier this year, said he fled the terrorist organization after 12 years of membership: "I was not happy in the PKK. I had already decided to leave the group. When I heard about Turkey's repentance law over the radio, I made up my mind and surrendered to Turkish officials."

Another ex-PKK member, V.B., said he joined the organization four years ago, when he was only 10 years old. "PKK terrorists used to spread their propaganda in our village. I was affected by what they told us. One day they came to me and said they would send me to school in Iraq if I joined the organization. So I became a PKK member. But they didn't send me to school," he explained.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Mart 2008, 15:33